[ RadSafe ] Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
lewis at radonmine.com
Tue Jun 14 12:30:45 CDT 2011
Remember this 1972 movie?
"The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds".
"Shy Matilda "Tillie" Hunsdorfer prepares her experiment, involving
marigolds raised from seeds exposed to radioactivity, for the science fair.
She is, however, constantly thwarted by her mother Beatrice, who is
self-centered and abusive, and by her extroverted and unstable sister Ruth,
who submits to her mother's will. Over the course of the play, Beatrice
constantly tries to stamp out any opportunities Tillie has of succeeding,
due to her own lack of success in life. As the play progresses, the paths of
the three characters diverge: Tillie wins the science fair through
perseverance; Ruth attempts to stand up to her mother but has a nervous
collapse at the end of the play, and Beatrice—driven to the verge of
insanity by her deep-seated enmity towards everyone—kills the girls' pet
rabbit Peter and ends up wallowing in her own perceived insignificance.
Despite this, Tillie (who is much like her project's deformed but beautiful
and hardy marigolds) secretly continues to believe that everyone is
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